Jack and Toni, childhood schoolmates living in the Solomon Islands, set out on a routine boat trip to a neighboring island.
Things go awry when they discover, due to an oversight by Toni, that they do not have enough fuel to make the journey and are stranded at sea.
Optimistic at first that they will soon be rescued, they slowly begin to realize, as the first day draws to an end, that they are in serious jeopardy with no end but their own demise in sight. Based on a true story as the days lengthen at sea, we are gifted with a vision of the beauty of the Solomon Islands and the environmental debt they are owed by the world after decades of overfishing, logging and now rising sea levels due to global warming. At the heart, this is a crucial and important novel on climate change, culture and human relations.